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The Joys of Jezebel/My Tale Is Hot [Special Edition] [DVD]

Release Date:05/01/2007
The devil, you say! Old Scratch figures prominently in two vintage "adults-only" features paired up on this DVD from Something Weird Video. 1970's The Joys of Jezebel has been transferred to disc in its original full-frame aspect ratio of 1.33:1, and looks superb on disc; the source materials are exceptionally clean, and the vivid reds and greens that dominate the picture's color scheme have been preserved with care. Unfortunately, 1964's My Tale Is Hot, which also appears in its original 1.33:1 ratio, doesn't fare as well; the print seen here is riddled with splices and the color is often mottled and distorted, though this appears to be a matter of a poor print rather than any faults in the transfer process (and given that many nudies of the era circulated in tiny print runs, it's an open question if a better print could be found). Both films are in English, with no multiple language options or subtitles. The audio for both features has been mastered in Dolby Digital Stereo retaining the original mono sound mixes, and The Joys of Jezebel's curious musical score comes through with flying colors, while the wisecracking in My Tale Is Hot is audible and acceptable, though the splices sometimes leave bits of dialogue muddled. Something Weird have loaded this disc with extras, as usual; there are trailers for six devilish sexploitation films, an eccentric animated short subject Satan In Church, a short burlesque reel starring celebrated stripper Candy Barr (who also appears in My Tale Is Hot), and a slideshow of press book artwork from the archives of David F. Friedman. Most interestingly, SWV have also tacked on a third feature film, Spencer Williams' celebrated all-black-cast drama Go Down Death from 1944, which seems just a bit out of place here but is certainly of interest to fans of expressive low-budget filmmaking. Despite the visual flaws of My Tale Is Hot, this package is still big fun for fans of vintage sexploitation and has been assembled with tender loving care.
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    Special Features

    • Digitally remastered!
    • Original devilish trailers for: The Devil's Garden, The Naked Witch, Olga's Dance Hall Girls, The Soul Lover, Touch of Satan and Up in Smoke!
    • The Original Candy Barr" stars in the strip short: Boudoir Belle!
    • A sexy gal creates havoc between saints and sinners in the jazz-scored weird cartoon: Satan in Church!
    • Bonus feature: a nightclub owner,a ngry that a local preacher is hurting his sunday business, tries to frame the preacher with some" fly chicks" but ends up going to hell himself in Spencer Williams' 1944 "Colored Cast" classic: Go Down, Death!
    • Gallery of David F. Friedman exploitation art with soundtrack greatest hits!


    The Joys of Jezebel
    A woman well versed in the ways of love makes a deal with the devil in this sexploitation opus set during biblical times. Jezebel (Christine Murray) was a passionate sensualist who met her fate when Joshua (Johnny Rocco) turned his back on her and threw her to his dogs, who tore her apart. Jezebel's new home is Hades, where Satan (Christopher Stone) is in a state of constant lust but cannot find the one sort of woman he craves most -- a virgin. Eager to punish Joshua for his betrayal, Jezebel persuades Satan to allow her to return to Earth for a few hours, but he agrees only under the condition that she find another soul to take her place while she's gone. Jezebel is able to persuade the beautiful but virtuous Rachael (Dixie Donovan) to trade places with her by offering Rachael a way out of her marriage to Jeremiah (Jay Edwards), a rotund military officer with a severe shortage of charm whose marriage to Rachael was arranged by Joshua. During her short stay on Earth, Jezebel is able to blackmail Joshua and convince Jeremiah to abandon his engagement to Rachael, though the young girl's virtue does take a wrong turn along the way. The Joys of Jezebel was directed by Peter Perry, though the fictional "A. P. Stootsberry" received screen credit. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

    My Tale Is Hot
    The devil is eager to lead a happy husband into temptation in this "nudie cutie" comedy. Business has been slow in Hell, and Lucifer U. Devil (Max Gardens, aka Manny Goodtimes) is being nagged by his wife about not luring enough folks into the Lake of Fire. Lucifer reads a magazine article about Ben Her-Ova (Little Jack Little), who has been hailed as the most faithful husband on Earth, and he makes it a point of pride to get Ben to stray from his wife and become eligible for entry into the land of Fire and Brimstone. However, on their first meeting Lucifer discovers Ben is more interested in watching television than in ogling beautiful naked women, and while Lucifer doesn't give up easily, his best efforts at tempting Ben prove largely fruitless. However, in time Lucifer learns there's a good reason why Ben can easily adhere to his personal "look but don't touch" policy. My Tale Is Hot features a brief appearance by Candy Barr, the famous stripper who appeared in the notorious stag reel Smart Alec. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

    Cast & Crew

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      Christine Murray - Jezebel
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      Christopher Stone - Lucifer
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      Dixie Donovan - Rachel

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